Club Information
Welcome to Boise Rotary
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Historic Hoff Building, Crystal Ballroom
802 W Bannock St.
Boise, ID  83702
United States
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Photos:  Todd Fischer
Editor:  Kevin Allen
Please help us deliver dictionaries to 3rd graders this week.
Tue, Oct 15th at 9am
Garfield Elementary
1914 Broadway Ave
Boise, 83706
Thu, Oct 17th at 2:30pm
Grace Jordan Elementary
6411 Fairfield Ave
Boise, 83709
It's fun & easy.  Please bring photo ID to check in with the front offices.  
Better Friendships Dinners
Todd says we're full for sushi night on Monday. 
Don't miss out on Octoberfest & toy trains with Bill von Tagen on October 30th.  Sign up at the meeting or register online.
Fun in the Sun
If you're looking for hands-on service projects, there are three opportunities in early November.
Sat, Nov 2nd:  plant seedlings with Treasure Valley Rotary Clubs at Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge
Thu, Nov 7th:  serve meals to guests at River of Life Men's Shelter
Sat, Nov 9th:  Rake Up Boise
Recent Activity
Tim Bower led a Program Committee meeting on Oct 3rd.  We are booked with high quality programs into March & filling spots for the 4th quarter.  The BSU President, Governor of Idaho, CEOs of & YMCA, women leaders in the community, Rotary International President Ian Riseley (via Skype), & three live music performances are on the schedule.  Let's fill the room for these great guests!  
David Riffe led the Membership Committee in a meeting on Oct 10th.  They're working on mentorship, onboarding, & engagement.  The committee is a great mix of past presidents & newer club members.
Ryan Erstad held a brief meeting with Kevins Uno & Dos as well as Todd Fischer to discuss the World Service Committee.  Ryan also scheduled a Community Development Committee meeting for October 24th at 11:30am in the Crystal Ballroom.   
Lunch Program
October 10th
Jerry Schroeder played piano, Dwight Pond gave the invocation, & Bryce Whetzell handled the floor mic duties.
Walter Steinlin from the Rotary Club of Bern, Switzerland paid us a visit & exchanged flags.  Walter was a Rotary Exchange Student fifty years ago & has kept in touch with his American friends, including Greg Farmer, who also attended our meeting.  Walter commented "Your club has so much energy!  I very much enjoyed the singing & program.
Bea Black introduced guest Heidi Bogert, who is a past president of Rotary North Hawaii & considering joining our club.  
Scott Learned brought Nancy Briggs, the first woman to join Rotary in District 5400.  Most people know her as Nancy but Scott knows her as Mom.
Three Things - Mystery Rotarian
Here were the clues:
1) I was awarded a gold medal at the California Lifeguard Games in 1974 (team event).
2) My birthplace is now a national park.
3) A citizen's group in SE Idaho offered a $250,000 reward for my arrest & conviction.
Who was our mystery Rotarian?  Scroll to the bottom of the page to find out.
Happy Dollars
Scott Learned was $1 happy for Hall of Famer Jerry Schroeder.  Jerry thought it should have been worth $20.
Bill von Tagen was happy for Todd Fischer's help.
Jeff Leedy was happy when telling people in Boulder City how much he loves living in Boise. 
Chuck Clark was happy for attending a Keb-mo concert at the Egyptian & for his beloved Oklahoma Sooners.
David Bennion was happy for the Boise State Broncos football team's #14 national ranking.
Paul Schmidt was happy for his son's promotion to GM at Jackson Hole Ski Resort.
Tom Wilford was happy for his last doctor's report:  17 years cancer-free.
Kevin Learned was happy for a spiffy new jacket he received from Learned Lawyer.
With Jerry on the piano & Bill Agler directing, we sang America the Beautiful.  Visiting Rotarian Walter Steinlin, whose club does not sing, will have a story to tell when he returns to Switzerland.
Our Speaker:  Dennis Doan
Fire Chief, City of Boise
Chief Doan spoke about Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) in first responders.  A fire department is 3x more likely to experience a suicide in any year than a line-of-duty death.  Rates of suicidal thoughts among US firefighters is considerably higher than the general population.
Dennis shared the story of his friend Charles Alan Ruffing, "Charlie."  They worked together when Charlie was on Dennis's crew on Engine 14.  He was a 20 year veteran of the Boise Fire Department.  Charlie was diagnosed with PTSI & sadly took his own life on May 21st, 2019 in the fire station.  He was married for 33 years & father to 5 daughters.  Chief Doan spoke about the deep effect Charlie's death had on him.  He's working to change the stigma of mental health among first responders.  
For many years, he's worked to include mental wellness in work comp insurance coverage.  Senate Bill 1028 passed just this year.  It doesn't cover preexisting injuries & must be renewed in 2023.
Looking forward, there's work being done to create peer support groups, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP), Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), physical programs, & educating members from day one on the job.
Chief Doan ended his speech by saying the world needs more kindness.  It makes a huge difference in the lives of those around you.
Unfortunately my writing cannot capture the full spirit of Chief Doan's message.  It stirred emotions in all who attended.  We thanked him with a standing applause.  
Club Business & Announcements
October Anniversaries
President Kevin recognized October anniversaries, of which there were many!
Tom Stitzel (42 years) & Jimmy Donald (41 years) were both in attendance.  Pat Adams (34 years) has a long family history in Rotary.  Thank you Tom, Jimmy, & Pat for your many years of service!
Past presidents Tami Chafin & Deborah Bail both celebrate 30 years (more below).
President Kevin thanked Marilyn Bickle (27 years), who was president when he joined.  Marilyn always made him feel welcome & gave him a purpose in Rotary from the very start.  He also thanked his sponsor, Andy Erstad (24 years), who put him on the path to lead the club today.  
Bob Maynard & Tom Olivola are both celebrating 22 years in Rotary this month.  Wendy Shoemaker (16 years) was in attendance & has done so much for the club over the years. 
President Kevin noted his own 8 year anniversary.  Some Rotarians probably have socks that are older than his Rotary career!
Rounding out the list were Lauren Olsen (5 years), Mannie Liu (1 year), & Katie Marconi (1 year).  Kevin mentioned how impressed he was with Katie's many contributions in her short time in Rotary.  
Women of Rotary
On October 12th, 1989, our club inducted its first female members.  In recognition of the 30 year anniversary, Kevin Learned shared the story of how it came to be.  
In June 1977, the Duarte, California club admitted the first women into its ranks.  RI revoked its charter, which started a years-long legal battle that reached the Supreme Court.  On May 4th, 1987, it upheld the decision allowing women to join Rotary.  Of course, not all clubs or members were receptive.  RI didn't make the necessary legislative changes until July 1989.  
Kevin believed strongly that women should be invited to join our club, writing an editorial comment for the Boisetarian stating his case.  After several months of consideration, the club welcomed Tami Chafin & Deborah Bail.  Tami & Deborah have long, distinguished Rotary careers, both having served as club president.  And today our club is filled with talented, inspirational women leaders who have elevated us in every way.
Wendy Shoemaker (Rotarian since 2003) & Shelley Eichmann (since 1992)
Bea Black (Rotarian since 1999) & Heidi Bogert (Past President, Rotary Club of North Hawaii)
Laura von Boecklin Mulkey (Rotarian since 2018, current Club Secretary)
Mystery Rotarian:  Bill von Tagen
Bill is a toy train collector, car buff, & former attorney in Boise.  Get to know Bill & his wife Linda by attending the Better Friendships Dinner at their home on October 30th!  
Funday Sunnies!
Photo Albums
Week of 10/10/2019
Oct 17, 2019 12:35 PM
Boise's Recycling Programs: Trash & Treasure
Boise's Recycling Programs: Trash & Treasure
Oct 24, 2019 12:35 PM
What's New at the Y
Oct 31, 2019 12:35 PM
The Future of Boise State University
Nov 07, 2019 12:35 PM
Women & Children's Alliance
Nov 14, 2019 12:35 PM
Women's College Athletics
Nov 21, 2019 12:35 PM
Advancing Women in the Workplace
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Upcoming Events
Membership Committee Meeting
Crystal Ballroom
Oct 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Better Friendships Dinner - Sushi Class
Oct 14, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Dictionaries for Garfield Elementary
Garfield Elementary School
Oct 15, 2019
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Firkin Frolic Committee Meeting - October 2019
Oct 16, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Board Meeting - October 2019
Hoff Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Oct 17, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Dictionaries for Grace Jordan Elementary
Grace Jordan Elementary School
Oct 17, 2019
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Community Development Committee Meeting
Crystal Ballroom
Oct 24, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Better Friendships Dinner - "Train"-ing Session
Oct 30, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Seedling Planting
Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge
Nov 02, 2019
Meal Service at River of Life - 11/7/19 @ 6:15pm
River of Life Men's Shelter
Nov 07, 2019
6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
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